Positioning and Re-Positioning for Success in Breastfeeding

January 26th, 2016 | Viewpoint

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Everyone knows that proper positioning is important for successful breastfeeding. It seems a little re-positioning is about to help, as well!

In global health and development it’s true that many of yesterday’s challenges are still today’s challenges: health disparities, poverty and inequity, gender inequality, unmet need for access to quality health services and products. It’s equally true that many of “yesterday’s” solutions are today’s solutions! Breastfeeding, family planning, routine immunization, girls’ education, and public health supply chain management need our renewed, sustained commitment.

In an era that seems to value “innovation” and “game-changers,” we ignore proven practices, approaches, and solutions at our peril. That’s one of the reasons I’ll be so happy to attend the launch of the new Lancet series on breastfeeding in Washington in late January 2016. There’s nothing quite like a Lancet series to put an issue back on the agenda for global health practitioners. I’m excited to see how the latest research and evidence support and re-position an age-old best practice.

Right now, there’s unprecedented global momentum and political commitment toward achieving ambitious global health and development goals, so this is a great time to be working in early-life nutrition and mothers’ and babies’ health – the critical 1,000 days from pregnancy through the first two years of life. Breastfeeding is a crucial factor in that uniquely important period. I hope the Lancet series will help us all to work together to re-position for greater success in breastfeeding!

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